Diabetes Forecast

TV Doctors Give Poor Advice

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Medical talk shows may be entertaining, but they aren’t the best sources of information. Researchers watched 40 episodes each of The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors and then checked to see whether there was evidence from studies to back up the diet and medical advice given by the doctors on those shows. In all, they found good evidence for only about a third of Dr. Oz’s recommendations and about half of The Doctors’. Go ahead and enjoy the shows, but ask your health care provider specific questions about benefits and possible dangers before you follow any advice you hear on TV. 
Source: The BMJ, published online Dec. 17, 2014



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